automatic door opener

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jennh, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    Hi ! I haven't posted for awhile, but I saw someone had talked about plans for an auto door opener. They said they had gotten them on Ebay.
    I have done alot of searching the internet, and really can't find anything. Does anyone have any plans or suggestions? I don't need it to close, just to open in the morning at a preset time.

    "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations" From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I call mine "DH" [​IMG]
  3. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Gravity, PA
    [​IMG] That's odd....Mine's called "DW"
  4. Quote:Gees! I was just looking at a poultry supply companies catalog the other day, and on the back cover they had an automatic door that you could set to open and close at certain times!

    Let me see if I can find it for you and I'll let you know.
  5. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    THIS is a dream come true!!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Thank you!
  6. Alpha Roo

    Alpha Roo Songster

    Sep 10, 2008
    Apple Valley, CA
    #2100 Doorkeeper (outside install) $179.95
    #2101 Doorkeeper (inside install w/ sensor) $189.95
    #2102 Timer $89.98
    #2103 Sliding Door (9"w X 13"h) $28.95
    #2104 Sliding Door (12"w X 15"h) $32.95
    #2105 Sliding Door (13"w X 20"h) $44.95
    #2106 Outside Light Sensor $22.95
    #2107 Idler/Pulley for Doorkeeper $4.50

    $594.18 !! holy cow! The price of your eggs just went through the roof.

    Get a cheapo garage door opener, a custom made roll up or track door and adjust for travel..$150 +/-. Cover all parts with plywood. And you'd even have remote control [​IMG]
  7. mikefromnh

    mikefromnh In the Brooder

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:You don't need all of that. If you have you have your own sliding door just order #2101 OR #2102.
  8. Jaclyn

    Jaclyn Chirping

    Jun 1, 2008
    Toledo, OH
    I purchased #2100 from Foy Pigeon and am very happy with the automatic door. Installing it was the easiest part of the chicken coop construction project ... and it has worked perfectly. I can't always be home to lock the chickens in at night, so the automatic door gives me peace of mind.

    The chickens have gotten locked outside a couple of times. If a thunderstorm rolls thru in the early evening and it gets dark quickly, they have been left lined up on the ramp in front of the closed door. And if we are out working in the yard we seem to distract them so they forget to go in on time. It is easy to manually open the door so they can go in their hen house.

    The sensor can be adjusted so the door opens and closes earlier or later. We didn't get the timer, because then we'd need to remember to adjust it as the days shorten and lengthen.

    Total price was less than $200, and from people's experience in England (where it is manufactured), it should last for many years.
  9. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    Thanks so much for your suggestions ;o) The garage door opener might be an option. I have a few weeks to decide. I'll post what I have decided to do!
    BTW, my "girls" know their names and come when I call them!

    2 cats, 1 NHR, 1 Lt Brahma, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Australorp, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Golden and 1 Silver laced Wyandotte, 1 SSussex, 1 Dominique, 1 Black Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Barnevelder, 1 28 year old son, and 1 husband (18 1/2 years my Junior!!!! )

    In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
    From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

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